Features of Our Prints

Most family tree charts are stodgy tracings of lines and boxes. While these charts are great for following your genealogical relationships, especially when printed as long banner charts, we at Relation Creations wanted a design that would be would enhance the decor of a home. Our prints are only revealed to be family trees when examined closely. From across a room they are ornamental images with colors and elements that can be chosen to match the room. We feel that this subtlety makes a more interesting room adornment than the technical looking way that genealogy is usually shown.

Family tree chart reduced to a simple diagram.

We will use a simple diagram to point out the features of our prints. The image to the right shows a chart made from our "Autumn Gourds" theme, with a canvas of varied colors of leaves and a burnt orange border, turned into a simple depiction that shows the major features of a relation creation.

Print Size and Framing

Our family tree charts are printed on thick, high quality paper. They are laminated with a process called OptiClear (tm), which is a thin layer of clear plastic that protects the print and enhances the colors.

Diagram of family tree chart features.

The prints are twenty-four by thirty-six inches, which is a standard size with a large selection of frames available. Relation creations can be ordered in portrait orientation or landscape orientation. Portrait prints are taller than they are wide, so they are thirty-six inches tall and twenty-four inches wide. Landscape prints are wider than they are tall. The "Print Orientation" explains print orientation.

Suitable frames can be purchased in arts and crafts shops, superstores like Costco and Walmart, and online. The cost of these frames is often less than thirty dollars. Placing a print in these frames is easy and can be done at home. The print is usually sandwiched between a rigid backing and a front panel of clear plastic or glass. Frame shops provide more expensive frames that may be more appropriate for some rooms. In any case, choose a frame that will complement both the room where the family tree chart will placed and the dominant colors of your relation creation.

The border of the print may include a title and information about the chart's persons. At the bottom is a title. This is chosen when ordering. Information written around the print's edges includes the names of persons along with birth and death dates. Names are also written on the graphical objects used to depict the family tree, but birth and death dates are placed around the edges so that the artistic imagery of the chart is not overwhelmed with text.

Either the title or the edge information may be left off a print. Omitting either or both of them enlarges the canvas area of the chart. The "Print Orientation" page describes this.

Features from the Theme

The artistic design of our genealogy charts comes from a theme. Our "Design Themes" page describes themes, so here we will point out where the major features appear on a print.

iAdditional features of family tree prints.

In the center of the chart are the theme's person objects. These are graphical elements like pine cones and gourds that represent persons in the chart. They are each labeled with the name of the person. Most themes use thin lines to show the connections between persons while a few themes use other means to show relationships.

The person objects are drawn on the center rectangular area, which we will refer to as the "canvas." The print at the top of this page uses a bed of autumn leaves as the canvas, which matches the theme of fall gourds.

Finally, a border surrounds the canvas. Themes offer the choice between several border colors, all selected to complement the colors of the person objects and canvas, so the family tree chart can be matched to a room's decor.